Category Archives: Turkey

Syria: The Raw Material; by TE Lawrence, 12 March, 1917

The following report, by the officer who became known as Lawrence of Arabia, reveals how what is known today as Syria was, and perhaps still is, a collection of very different groups, divided by mountains; trade; politics; religion; and ethnicity, … Continue reading

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The invisible Muslims

Kamuran Samar’s first memory of being a Muslim is praying with his family, aged eight. He watched them and, like any other child, wanted in on something he was missing out on. He didn’t understand the Arabic spoken during prayers, … Continue reading

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You won’t meet these Muslims in a mosque: the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi, in Ridley Road, Dalston

THE dancers are swirling kaleidoscopes of colour, lost in a beautiful, hypnotic music, while hundreds of Hackney’s men, women and children look on in wonder. The ritual is centuries old and during three hours it builds to a crescendo of … Continue reading

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Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards story I wrote published by South London Press

This was a really great event, held at Portcullis House, at the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, on 18 March. It was organised by Ibrahim Dogus on behalf of the Centre for Kurdish Progress. I’ve known Ibrahim for going on … Continue reading

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An audience with Boris Johnson: the Mayor meets London’s Turks

City Hall, London: invitation to a reception for London’s Turks, hosted by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, himself of Turkish ancestry, an Ottoman minister for a great-grandfather. We queue for bags and briefcases to be searched at the ground floor check-in … Continue reading

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